05302021CM1208 rSPRINGFIELD – The Roadside Memorial and DUI Memorial Marker programs will be expanded to include all victims of traffic fatalities under legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) that was signed into law Friday.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous things that we do every single day, even if we’re sober and alert. We need to make sure that we are not driving while impaired or distracted, for our own safety and the safety of others,” Connor said. “By expanding our memorial program, not only do we offer families a way to remember their loved ones, but we give a reminder to all drivers in Illinois how important it is to be focused and aware when driving.”

The current Roadside Memorial and DUI Memorial Marker programs only memorialize victims of DUIs and reckless driving, but House Bill 365 would allow memorials to include victims of all traffic fatalities. The legislation is intended to remind all drivers to be alert and cautious while driving in an effort to prevent future fatalities.

“Illinoisans cannot afford to forget the many lives that have ended prematurely because of impaired driving,” Smith said. “We need physical reminders for motorists to better understand that no matter the situation, your decision to drive under the influence of a mind-altering substance not only jeopardizes your own life, but the lives of many others, including children. I think it's a good idea to remind everyone about what's at stake when you get behind the wheel impaired, and I'm thankful to Senator Connor for championing this measure in the Senate."

The law will go into effect immediately.

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051920210511 rSPRINGFIELD – The secretary of state will be required to publish publicly-accessible data on a daily basis under a new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and signed Friday.

“Illinois is the only state that does not offer its business data for free online,” Connor said. “This legislation will bring us into the 21st century and will substantially increase our transparency and efficiency as a state.”

Under the new law, the secretary of state will be required to publish a daily list of all newly formed corporations, both business and non-profit, chartered on that day. The list will be made available as open data and accessible to the general public.

“Not only does this legislation help our residents better understand the opportunities that they have available to them, but it has the potential to bring in entrepreneurs and investors from other states who were not previously able to view Illinois’ business data,” Connor said.

House Bill 115 takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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052621HAO00115 rSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) was signed into law Friday that would require stricter monitoring of possible racial bias by businesses that use artificial intelligence in their hiring processes.

“It is our responsibility to eliminate racial bias in all aspects of our society, and this is an important step in that direction,” Connor said. “No one should lose an opportunity because of the color of their skin.”

Artificial Intelligence is used in the hiring processes of many large companies. Prospective employees record a video of themselves answering a series of designated questions, and the company’s AI software then analyzes the video to assign scores to facial expressions, word choice, body language and vocal tone. Applicants are chosen for advancement based on their assigned score.

House Bill 53 requires companies that rely solely on such screenings to advance applicants to record and report the race and ethnicity of all those screened, both those hired and those rejected. The reports would then be sent to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, where the data would be analyzed and shared with the Governor and General Assembly.

"Algorithms for hiring tests measure multiple factors from word choice to body language, and we need to ensure that we have a fair and equitable process free from discrimination when AI technology is used to hire individuals," House sponsor State Representative Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-Chicago) said.

The legislation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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Virtual Job Seekers Workshop Connor rWill County, Ill.  – State Senator John Connor and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel are partnering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Workforce Center of Will County to host a series of workshops to provide local residents with the tools necessary for a successful job search.

“As we move through the waning days of the pandemic, we expect to see our state’s employment numbers continue to rise,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood).“By doing our part to provide resources for local job seekers through partnerships with entities like IDES and the Workforce Center of Will County, Illinois can re-emerge with one of our nation’s strongest economies.”

“When our workforce is strong, our economy flourishes,” said Connor (D-Lockport). “Programs like these are crucial to rebuilding our state post-pandemic and ensuring that Illinoisans looking for work have the resources necessary to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.”

Workshops will be centered on the topics of searching for jobs, interview preparation, and career changes. They will be held on the following dates:

  • July 13, 10:00 a.m. – Master Your Job Search: A review of basic job search techniques, including networking, how to use the Internet to conduct your job search, and salary negotiation.
  • July 20, 10:00 a.m. – Career Information Systems (CIS): For those preparing for a career change, returning to the workforce after a break in employment, or both. CISJR features job search resources, career planning guidance, and then connects you to Illinois Job Link – the Illinois Labor Exchange system – to see actual jobs posted by Illinois employers. Use Jobseeker Success Mindset Training to help overcome potential barriers to reemployment and find your new career direction.
  • July 27, 10:00 a.m. – Online Interview Workshop: Learn how to prepare for a virtual or in-person job interview so you will be confident and ready to make a positive impression

People interested in attending these free events must register and can do so by calling Senator Connor’s district office at (815) 207-4445, Senator Loughran Cappel’s District Office at (815) 267-6119, and by visiting either www.senatorconnor.com or www.senatorloughrancappel.com.

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